National light rail speed chart shows Green Line slowly chugging along

The practice runs of the new Green Line light rail cars — scheduled to start running June 14 between St. Paul and Minneapolis downtowns — are being criticized as too slow, taking more than an hour to cover the 11-mile route.

Met Council officials say that will improve, as tweaks are made in stop lights along the route. The goal has been to get the trip down to 40 minutes.

Now Brendan Slotterback, of nonprofit streets.mn, has tried to put bring some perspective to the issue by comparing the speeds of other light rail lines around the country.

The Green Line, with its current 67-minute trip, is the slowest, at 9.85 mph. It moves up to 16.5 mph, if they can hit the 40-minute goal.

He notes that the Green Line is unusual in that it has downtowns, and the incumbent slower traffic, at both ends of the line.

The Hiawatha Blue Line in Hennepin County is pretty slow, too, at 12.32 mph.

But the projections for the planned Bottineau extension of the Blue Line, from Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park, would make it the fastest of those listed, at almost 30 mph.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Brendon Slotterback on 05/15/2014 - 05:02 pm.

    Data has been updated!

    After comments from Metro Transit, I’ve updated the speed for the Blue Line: http://streets.mn/2014/05/15/chart-of-the-day-how-fast-is-our-lrt-compared-to-other-cities/

  2. Submitted by Timothy Santiago on 05/16/2014 - 09:13 am.

    “…the projections for the planned Bottineau extension of the Blue Line, from Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park, would make it the fastest of those listed, at almost 30 mph.”

    Apparently, we haven’t learned our lesson about relying on overly-optimistic projections.

    Let’s give CCLRT signal pre-emption and get our $1,000,000,000 worth!

  3. Submitted by David Markle on 05/30/2014 - 08:00 pm.

    Hiawatha Blue Line transit speed

    Last time I looked, the overall average speed of the Hiawatha Blue Line was 18.3 mph, and taking out the downtown Minneapolis portion, 21.2 mph.

    Unfortunately the Green Line, at 48 minutes end to end, comes in at 13.75 mph: dismal.

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